EU Votes to Ban Mobile Call, Text and Data Roaming Fees From 2014

By Gary Cutlack on at

A complete end to mobile roaming fee stress should hit Europe next year, thanks to EU politicians voting to approve and "fast track" into law regulations that stop the networks charging us any roaming fees while within the EU's member states.

The changes come as part of an effort to unify the European telecoms world to encourage greater competition among networks, and could be in place as soon as July of next year if all goes well with compiling the detailed proposals over the coming weeks.

While the roaming fee ban might have a short-term negative effect on the earnings of the mobile networks, the EU thinks it'll be good for them all over the longer term, as it will encourage people to actually use their phones while abroad instead of turning them off and wrapping them up in tin foil to avoid getting hammered by seemingly arbitrary fees. [Telegraph]

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